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John B. Patterson, MD
1911 - 2010

John B. Patterson, MD, a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons since 1962, passed away Friday, April 10, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Interment took place in the Pentwater Township, Michigan Cemetery.

Dr. John B. Patterson was born January 4 1911, to John and Lilla Scott Patterson in Pentwater, Michigan, where he was raised and later vacationed. He married Eleanor Ann Bailey on June 8, 1939. John was graduated from Pentwater High School in 1928; the University of Michigan L.S. & A. in 1931, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity; and attended the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where he was a member of Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity, receiving his M.D. degree in 1936. He received further training at Boston City Hospital 1936-1939, Boston Lying-in Hospital in 1939 and the Holland Clinic and Free Hospital for Women in 1940. He was licensed to practice in Michigan in 1939, Illinois in 1940 and Texas in 1946. John was a partner in private practice in general surgery in Holland, Michigan until he entered active duty in the Navy as a LTJG in 1942, serving in New Guinea during World War II until 1946, becoming a Lieutenant Commander.

After leaving active duty, John served a Preceptorship in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery with Dr. James T. Mills at Baylor Hospital in Dallas from May 1946 to October 1949. He was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in August 1949, at which time he moved his family to Fort Worth, Texas, maintaining his practice in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery until his retirement in 1984.

John was a staff member at St. Joseph's Hospital, Harris Hospital, All Saints Hospital, John Peter Smith Hospital, Cook Memorial Hospital and Fort Worth Children's Hospital (when they were separate). He was a member of Tarrant County Medical Society, Texas Medical Association, American Medical Association, Fellow of the American Collage of Surgeons, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, the Texas Surgical Society, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (Founding Member), the International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Besides being a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, John was a Past President (1969) of the Fort Worth Surgical Society and a Founding Member and Past President of both the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons and Fort Worth Society of Plastic Surgeons.

John's surgical experience over the years included many reports and papers printed in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and CANCER; but, none was more significant than a case report, "One in a Million" in 1960, when he reported on performing successful skin homografting between identical twins to save a 5 year old girl with a 68% full thickness burn injury, using 570 square inches of homograft skin and 90 square inches of autograft skin.

John's surgery was performed primarily at the St. Joseph's Hospital where he maintained one room continuously virtually every day until he retired a few years before the hospital closed. He was known for his adapting to the Texas summer heat by entering the operating room without a scrub top under his sterile surgical gown, much to the Catholic Nursing Sisters' consternation. He also had a habit of having his children accompany him on Sunday hospital rounds. John retired at age 76; however, one of his daughters recalled him saying, "No one in my family has lived past 78 and I figured two years was long enough to chase your mother around the house. Twenty years later, here I am!"

Dr. Patterson is survived by: Wife, Eleanor Ann Patterson; children, John Bailey Patterson (wife, Rita) of Anchorage, Alaska. Mary Elizabeth Miller (husband, Milford) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ann Eleanor Hart (husband, John) of Tucson, Arizona, and James Sterling Patterson (wife, Lari) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.

John's dry wit, professionalism and surgical acumen will be greatly missed.

David Grant, MD

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